John Pagano brings over 35 years of international experience delivering large-scale, multi-billion-dollar developments to The Red Sea Project – a unique luxury destination being created on 28,000 square kilometers of pristine landscape in Saudi Arabia, embracing nature, culture and adventure and setting new standards in sustainable development.
John formerly served as Managing Director, Development, of the Canary Wharf Group in London and President of Baha Mar Development Company Ltd (BMDC). His areas of expertise include site acquisition, master planning, project structuring, financing and asset management.
During his 23 years at Canary Wharf – the landmark development which hosts the UK headquarters for multiple global financial, professional and business services – John held numerous senior leadership positions and created the group’s delivery organisation, a major contributor to its success. In addition, he established Canary Wharf’s residential business and secured planning permission for over 4,000 new apartments, currently under construction.
As President of luxury hospitality and residential development company BMDC, in the Bahamas, John spent four and a half years overseeing the master planning and financing of a $3.5 billion luxury destination resort. It now welcomes thousands of guests each week to its four new hotels, convention centre and the Jack Nicklaus signature championship golf course.
Prior to joining The Red Sea Development Company, John established his own international strategic advisory company, Old Fort Capital Investments Ltd, to provide advice on large-scale real estate developments. John holds a BASc in Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Speaking at International Hospitality Investment Forum
CEO to CEO: Development & Performance
A conversation between development experts on the major trends impacting hospitality development.